Allen Park, Mich. –The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed free agents TE Andrew Quarless and LB Dominique Tovell. Contract terms were not disclosed.
The Lions also announced today that they have waived TE Ben McCord and placed WR Andre Caldwell on Reserve/Injured.
A fifth-round draft selection (154 overall) by the Green Bay Packers in 2010 out of Penn State, Quarless played the previous six seasons with the Packers (2010-15), where he recorded 89 receptions for 940 yards and six touchdowns in 60 games (27 starts). In eight postseason games (two starts), he totaled 10 receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown.
Tovell rejoins the Lions defense after signing with the team earlier in training camp. An undrafted rookie free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette, he has also held previous stints with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons in 2016.
STATEMENT FROM LIONS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER BOB QUINN ON TE ANDREW QUARLESS SIGNING
"We are aware of the upcoming NFL suspension of Andrew Quarless. We have thoroughly researched the incident that caused the suspension and have talked at length with Andrew about this. Andrew has been forthright and honest about the situation and he has gone through the process within the legal system. As an organization we are comfortable with adding Andrew to the roster and look forward to seeing him compete for the rest of the preseason."